When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one's self in the face of relentless pressure?
|Publisher:||Running Press Book Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Eric Devine is a writer, high-school English teacher, and educational consultant. He is the author of Tap Out, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers, and This Side of Normal, and lives in Waterford, NY with his family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How far would you go on a dare? How far for money? This and more is answered in this thrilling story which I’m glad I picked it. Thought provoking and realistic, this story will take you on an adventure. Plot: The plot is simple. Teens doing dares during their senior year. One dare goes viral and the next thing you know, they are getting paid to do more dares….dangerous dares. And of course being teens, they go for it. I really liked this plot. Though it may not seem like much, this plot really brings in the emotions and thoughts of teens. The drive for money, popularity as well as going all out senior year. Friendships: With teens and money things do go too far. Some of the dares push to the limits of a close dance with death. Luckily through the story, the teens began to realize that maybe money isn’t worth it after all. Because of the money and popularity there are a string of jealous teens and fights. Friendships are lost and others are born. Needless to say, you will not be bored reading this story. Ending: I think the ending is fitting for this story. It didn’t end happily nor did it end badly. It ended just right giving the teens well… the consequences that happen with making bad decisions. Overall, this is an exciting book! If you want a story that focuses on real teens emotions and social media, pick this book up. It’s takes all things that are going on today and focuses on issues that others may not want to see. Dare Me is fantastic.
"There are no brakes in freefall." Best line in DARE ME by Eric Devine. Ben, the main character, and his friends are pranksters and adreniline junkies. They start their senior year at school doing a dangerous stunt and a plan to do 10 dares. Only an anonymous person gets involved, calls the shots, and everything escalates out of control. There's also a realistic romance (not sappy at all like Romances) and one sex scene, but with purpose, not gratutious. The foul words in dialogue was authentic for teen boys, although I felt the adults wouldn't have used the exact same vulgar words as the teens. DARE ME will especially appeal to boys. I felt boys could relate to the actions and motives and ambivilance of the characters. [Note: I read and write books with male protagonists, but I had trouble understanding and couldn't identify with Ben and John and knew it was because I am a woman. However, I taught high school and did know adolescent boys like this, so I believe the author is writing authentic characters, even if the mother and teacher in me was afraid these boys were going to ruin their lives and futures.] The ending rang true in that the characters all suffered consequences to their actions. One thing I loved throughout the book was how the main character understood Issac Newton's laws and how they applied to his decisions and the outcome of those actions. I also loved his sister and their relationship and found that to be very realistic. I loved his whole intact family and how they interacted. The pizza place and job was very accurate. (My son had worked at a pizza place in high school.) I bought DARE ME at B&N and often give away books to libraries. However, I plan to keep DARE ME on the shelf for a couple of boys in my family for when they reach 14. I'd rather they read about Ben's exploits and hopefully it will be a cautionary tale.
Eric Divine’s latest novel, Dare Me, presents not-so-typical teenage antics among three high school seniors who take on the challenge of: Just how far will they take a dare once they are faced with the reality of whether they are man enough to accept the consequences? Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, are in their senior year of high school. Time is running out for them to change their respective images (and certainly peer perception) of the seemingly ‘nobody’s’ they have been all through high school. Things are about to change once Ricky makes a connection through Craigslist with mystery man ‘O.P.’ Ricky strikes the deal with O.P. that requires the three of them to perform ten outrageous dares throughout the school year. Ricky isn’t too concerned about buy-in from his buddies once they learn they’ll get paid for their high risk performances. He further sweetens the pot when he explains the money is endless based on the number of YouTube hits they’ll get once posted. The story opens with their first dare—car surfing in speeds in excess of 40 mph. The only job the ‘surfer dude’ on the roof of the car needs to do is stay atop the vehicle while in motion. To further enhance the dare-devilish acts, the three are contractually bound to do all stunts in disguise—an added bonus to the interest and intrigue. The double-edged sword, however, is their rapid and unexpected virtual fame as the internet hits continue to rise in number. It’s all the buzz and rage at school. The adrenalin boost and instant celebrity the boys experience, even though their identities have been concealed, is the ultimate high. Their ‘almost famous’ status is well on its way to ‘famous’ and it seems the standings have changed overnight which also fuels their craving for greater risk and more dangerous stunts. O.P. is all about upping the anti and encourages the boys to keep going. While the rush fuels their fun and games, their bravado is somewhat stalled when one of them gets hurt. However, it’s too late to change their minds and that contract they signed doesn’t have a ‘back out’ clause… Eric Divine demonstrates a strong voice and vision for his audience. After reading his biography (and learning he is a high school English teacher), it is abundantly clear he writes from (perhaps) personal experiences. The situations are fluid and credible throughout the story—situations that range from the dynamics of high school girl drama to the overly active testosterone of the boys and the awkward moments most kids this age navigate. Divine does a superb job of playing out the behaviors (particularly with high school boys) of the constant quest they are on as they vie for front and center stage among their peers. The story has a comfortable balance between actions and consequences, but doesn’t come off as preachy. Rather, Divine has struck a confident balance among choices, actions and consequences young adults face today and as a result, has accomplished writing an engaging body of work across the pages of Dare Me. Quill says: Dare Me presents believable consequences a young adult must face as a result of the choices he or she has made.
This book poses important questions that we ask ourselves everyday, just not in the same context. What's important in our life? What are we willling to do for money? What is worth our life? What are we willing to risk? And, just like life, this book gives the characters results, but not necessarily answers. Eric Devine is a writer to watch. What he's contributed to the fearless teen fiction genre is something to be read and recognized for it's relevance.
Eric Devine, Author has released his second book called Dare Me. I have just finished it, and highly recommend it. The premise is that three high school seniors decide to spice up their last year of school by completing and posting ten dares over the course of the year. However, things are not always as they appear, as the ringleader is withholding important information from the others, rivalries rear their ugly heads, outside influences come into play and that little matter called life gets in the way. The plot takes several twists and turns throughout, and has several suspenseful moments. I recommend the book for high school age through adult. This book is a good read.